Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Most Employees Do Not Trust The Boss

At Tague Alliance we value our team highly and put a lot of work into building open, honest, and trustworthy relationships with our employees.  The article below was a bit shocking, but not surprising.  Many employees do not trust their boss or manager which is totally sad.  We encourage you to make sure you are being open, honest, consistent, proactive, and accountable with your agency staff to facilitate a healthy and productive team.

More than half of the people surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and effective leadership, according to a consulting firm specializing in workplace performance improvement.
Interaction Associates, which has released its annual workplace trust research,Building Workplace Trust 2014/15also finds links between “trust leader organizations” and revenue growth, and between “trust leaders” and high levels of innovation.
As part of the survey, workers were asked to rate the statement: “Employees have a high level of trust in management and the organization.”
In response, only four out of ten agreed that the description was suitable for their organization well. Fifty-eight percent found their organizations lacking. In addition, 26 percent of those surveyed say they trust their boss less this year than in 2013.
For the purposes of the Building Workplace Trust research, trust is defined as the willingness to accept personal risk based on another person’s actions. And on the measure of risk and safety specifically, people trust their peers more than the boss.
More than half of those surveyed—54 percent— say they feel safe communicating their ideas and opinions with colleagues and peers. In contrast, only 38 percent of those surveyed say that people feel safe communicating their ideas and opinions with leadership.
Asked about the appropriateness of another statement—“My organization has effective leadership”—only 45 percent agreed.
This year’s research—the sixth annual report—polled more than 500 people employed at companies worldwide in a range of job functions and industries. Interaction Associates commissioned the international research company, IDG Research Services, to implement this year’s Building Workplace Trust survey.
In a statement about the survey, Linda Stewart, CEO of Interaction Associates, said: “Our research consistently points to how trust is critical for driving business results—and yet we see such a high rate of mistrust among the working population this year.
“The results are alarming especially in light of the importance people place on trusting their leadership—some 82 percent of all respondents say that trusting their boss is essential for them to be effective in their job,” added Stewart.
Difference Of OpinionTrust Leaders, Laggards and Financial Performance
Other findings in Building Workplace Trust specifically detail the differences between trust leader organizations and trust laggards, defining “trust leaders” as the 10 percent of companies whose workers agree that “Employees have high trust in leaders and the organization” describes their organization “extremely well.”
According to Interaction Associates, companies that are trust leaders are more than two-and-a-half times more likely than trust laggards to also be leaders in revenue growth.
What’s more, trust leaders significantly outperform all other organizations in achieving key business goals, such as customer loyalty and retention, competitive market position, ethical behavior and actions, predictable business and financial results, and profit growth, Interaction Associates says.
Building Workplace Trust also points to significant gaps between trust leaders and other organizations in the behavior and actions that foster the right cultural conditions for high trust in organizations.
Ninety-six percent of those surveyed who work for trust leader organizations say their leaders make decisions that are consistent, predictable, and transparent. Only 29 percent of non-trust leaders say that’s the case at their organizations.
Other behaviors and actions that foster trust—and where there are huge double-digit gaps between trust leader organizations and non-leaders—include:
  • People and teams can take risks (i.e. people are “allowed to fail” and learn from their mistakes).
  • People have a shared sense of commitment and responsibility.
  • The organization encourages transparency and shared understanding of key processes for decisions and initiatives.
Trust Drives Innovation
The consulting firm also finds that trust drives innovation, with gaps between leaders and laggards reported. According to the research, while 65 percent say that trust leaders prioritize innovation, only 14 percent say this is a priority for laggards.
Additionally, roughly 80 percent of employees report that a high level of trust inside an organization fosters both innovation and investment in new projects.
The bottom line of all the findings is that employees crave transparency from leaders, and they want input into decisions that affect them. The top five actions employees urge leaders to take in order to build trust are:
  1. Ask for input into decisions that affect me
  2. Give me background information so I can understand decisions
  3. Set me up for success with learning and resources
  4. Admit your mistakes
  5. Don’t punish people for raising issues (Don’t shoot the messenger!)
About the Survey
Interaction Associates commissioned the international research company, IDG Research Services, to implement the research for Building Workplace Trust 2014/15,polling more than 500 people employed at companies worldwide in a range of job functions and industries.
About Interaction Associates
Interaction Associates helps organizations around the world build high-involvement, collaborative cultures by developing their leaders, teams, and change agents. Services include customized consulting, learning and development, including live online programs, and coaching services. IA was named was named one of Training Industry’s Top 20 Leadership Training Companies from 2012-2014.
Source: Interaction Associates 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tague Alliance - Litigation Trends In The Insurance Industry and Text Messages

At Tague Alliance we do our best to keep our members informed of current trends in our industry and the possible impacts to their agencies.  The litigation being brought against companies for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is gaining momentum.  As insurance companies and agents start to embrace more text communications with prospects and clients it is of high importance that you remain compliant with the regulations.  There are stiff penalties for violating the TCPA.  The FCC outlines the expectations.

Source:  FCC

Spam: Unwanted Text Messages and Email
Many consumers find unwanted texts and email – which can include commercial messages known as spam – annoying and time-consuming. And unwanted texts to mobile phones and other mobile devices can be intrusive and costly. Two laws – the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act – address spam.
Unwanted Texts and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
The TCPA and the FCC’s rules ban many text messages sent to a mobile phone using an autodialer. These texts are banned unless (1) you previously gave consent to receive the message or (2) the message is sent for emergency purposes. This ban applies even if you have not placed your mobile phone number on the national Do-Not-Call list of numbers telemarketers must not call.
For more information on the TCPA and the national Do-Not-Call list, see our consumer guide.
Unwanted Texts and Email under the CAN-SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act supplements the consumer protections provided by the TCPA. The CAN-SPAM law bans unwanted email messages sent to your mobile phone if they are “commercial messages.” (Email messages can sometimes appear as texts on your mobile phone, depending on how they’re addressed.)
The CAN-SPAM Act defines commercial messages as those that primarily advertise or promote a commercial product or service. The FCC’s ban does not cover “transactional or relationship” messages -- that is, notices to facilitate a transaction you have already agreed to -- for example, messages that provide information about your existing account or warranty information about a product you’ve purchased. The FCC’s ban also does not cover non-commercial messages, such as messages about candidates for public office, or email messages that you have forwarded from your computer to your wireless device (but read below about the FTC’s rules that may restrict such messages).
Federal rules require the following for commercial email sent to your mobile phone:
  • Identification – The email must be clearly identified as a solicitation or advertisement for products or services;
  • Opt-Out – The email must provide easily-accessible, legitimate, and free ways for you to reject future messages from that sender;
  • Return Address – The email must contain legitimate return email addresses, as well as the sender’s postal address.
Giving Your Consent
Under the FCC’s rules, texts and commercial email messages may be sent to your mobile phone if you previously agreed to receive them. For texts that are commercial, your consent must be in writing (for example, in an email or letter); for non-commercial, informational texts (such as such as those by or on behalf of tax-exempt non-profit organizations, those for political purposes, and other noncommercial purposes, such as school closings) your consent may be oral.
For commercial email, your consent may be oral or written. Senders must tell you the name of the entity that will be sending the messages and, if different, the name of the entity advertising products or services. All commercial email messages sent to you after you’ve given your authorization must allow you to revoke your authorization, or “opt out” of receiving future messages. You must be allowed to opt out the same way you “opted in,” including by dialing a short code. Senders have 10 days to honor requests to opt out.
What You Can Do to Stop Unwanted Texts to Your Mobile Phone and Spam in General
You can reduce the number of unwanted texts you receive by taking these precautions and actions:
  • Do not display your mobile phone number or email address in public.
  • Be careful about giving out your mobile phone number, email address, or any other personal information. Make sure to read through and understand the entire transmitting form. Some websites allow you to opt out of receiving email from partners – but you may have to uncheck a preselected box if you want to do so. Make sure to check for a privacy policy when submitting your wireless phone number or email address to any website. Find out if the policy allows the company to sell your information.
  • Do not respond to unwanted texts or emails from questionable sources. Several mobile service providers will allow you to forward unwanted spam texts by simply texting it to 7726 (or “SPAM”) to enable the providers to prevent future unwanted texts from the specific sender.
  • Check with your mobile service provider about options to block future text messages from specific senders.
  • Use an email filter. Some service providers offer a tool that filters out potential spam or channels spam into a bulk email folder. You may also want to consider filtering capabilities when choosing an Internet service provider.
  • You may want to use two email addresses – one for personal messages and one for newsgroups and chat rooms. Also, consider using a disposable email address service that creates a separate email address that forwards messages to your permanent account. If one of the disposable addresses starts to receive spam, you can turn it off without affecting your permanent address.
  • Try using a longer and unique email address. Your choice of email addresses may affect the amount of spam that you receive. A common name like “mjones” may get more spam than a more unique name like “da110x110”.
You can file a complaint with the FCC if you receive:
  • An unwanted commercial email message sent to your mobile phone;
  • An autodialed or prerecorded telephone voice message or text message to your mobile phone if you didn’t consent to the message previously (or it doesn’t involve an emergency). The FCC can determine whether the message was sent using an autodialer and thus violates its rules;
  • Any autodialed text message on your wireless device, or an unwanted commercial message to a non-wireless device from a telecommunications company or advertising a telecommunications company’s products or services, if the message is sent without your prior consent.
There is no charge for filing a complaint. You can file your complaint using an online complaint form. You can also file your complaint with the FCC’s Consumer Center by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) for TTY; or writing to:
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
What to Include In Your Complaint
The best way to provide all the information the FCC needs to process your complaint is to complete fully the online complaint form. When you open the online complaint form, you will be asked a series of questions that will take you to the specific section of the form you need to complete. If you do not use the online complaint form, your complaint, at a minimum, should indicate:
  • your name, address, email address and phone number where you can be reached;
  • the phone number or email address of the wireless device to which the message was sent, and, if a phone number, whether it is on the national Do-Not-Call list;
  • date and time of the unwanted message;
  • whether the unwanted message advertises or promotes a commercial product or service;
  • any information to help identify the sender or the individual or company whose products or services are being advertised or promoted, and whether any of this information was provided in the message;
  • whether the unwanted message provided any contact information to allow you to opt out of receiving future messages;
  • whether you gave the sender permission to send you messages; and
  • a description of any actions you took NOT to receive messages from the sender or individual or company whose products or services are being advertised, and when you took them.
What You Can Do About Commercial Email You Receive on Non-Wireless Devices, Such as Your Computer at Home
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has adopted detailed rules that restrict sending unwanted commercial email messages to computers. To find out more about the FTC’s rules, visit To file a complaint with the FTC or to get free information on spam issues in general, visit or call 1-877-382-4357 voice; 1-866-653-4261 TTY.
State Anti-Spam Laws
The CAN-SPAM Act is intended to preempt – or replace – state anti-spam laws, but states are allowed to enforce the parts of the CAN-SPAM Act that restrict non-wireless SPAM. Also state laws prohibiting fraudulent or deceptive acts and computer crimes remain in effect.
For More Information
For information about this and other communications issues, visit the FCC’s Consumer and website.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tague Alliance - First Half 2014 P&C Insurance Industry Results

At Tague Alliance we want to help keep our members updated and current on what is going on within our P&C industry.  Dr. Robert Hartwig of the Insurance Information Institute just released his summary of the first six months of 2014 with commentary on ISO's report.  Read below to get an update on the state of the industry.

2014 - First Half Results

Dr. Robert P. Hartwig, CPCU
OCTOBER 6, 2014
Overall net income after taxes (profits) in the property/casualty (P/C) insurance industry increased by $1.6 billion or 6.4 percent in the first half of 2014 to $26.0 billion from $24.4 billion in the year earlier period. Over the same period, overall industry capacity (as measured by policyholders' surplus) increased by $58.1 billion or 9.4 percent. However, because industry capacity (or capital) increased at a rate faster than that of profits, the industry overall rate of return (profitability) on that capital fell slightly in the first half of 2014 to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent in the first half of 2013. The seeming paradox of rising profits but falling profitability was just one of several interesting crosscurrents impacting industry performance in the first half of 2014. Sharply higher catastrophe losses (up 24 percent) and lower investment income (down 1.4 percent), for example, were largely offset by a surge in realized capital gains (up 85.4 percent). Net written premium growth, on the other hand, was largely unchanged over the past year, rising 4.0 percent in the half of 2014 compared to 4.3 percent in the first half of 2013. The marginal change in profitability is in part a reflection of relatively stable underwriting performance. The industry’s combined ratio rose 0.9 points to 98.9 during the first half of 2014 compared to 98.0 a year earlier. Maintaining combined ratios below 100 is absolutely essential in order for the industry to maintain reasonable levels of profitability in a still-challenging interest rate environment. While low interest rates are likely to continue to present a challenge well into 2015, a stronger economy presents the industry’s best opportunity for growth, as the nation’s real GDP growth surged by 4.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014.
The industry results were released by ISO, a Verisk Analytics company, and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).
Profitability Drivers: Winter, Spring Weather Took Their Toll; M&FG Reverses a Trend; Slight Dip in Taxes Help
The industry’s performance in the first half of 2014 was positive but bore the effects of an extreme winter and several outbreaks of severe spring weather. As noted earlier, the P/C insurance industry reported an annualized statutory rate of return on average surplus of 7.8 percent in the first half of 2014, down from 8.1 percent in the year-earlier period.
Ever since the housing bubble burst in 2008, the Mortgage & Financial Guarantee sector of the P/C industry has disproportionately weighed down the overall industry’s results, and because this line of business is written by only a few companies—some of them monoline carriers—it became common to report industry results in two ways, one including and one excluding M&FG data. In the first half of 2014, however, the reverse occurred. The annualized rate of return for this sector for 2014’s first half is estimated at 13.4 percent, compared to a negative 7.5 percent return for the sector for the first half of 2013. These results boosted the overall industry results reported above; excluding them from the P/C industry’s results for the first half of 2014 results in a 7.7 percent annualized rate of return.
A discussion of the key drivers of the quarter’s performance follows:
Catastrophe Losses
Some of the deterioration in underwriting performance in the first half of 2014 can be attributed to higher catastrophe losses relative to the year-earlier half. Although the insured damage from extreme cold and winter storms in early 2014 did not break the records set in the mid-1990s, 2014 will go down in history as one of the five costliest years on record for winter damage claims. Spring storms, including a number of severe hail and modest tornado and wildfire events in the drought impacted West added to the tally of claims, pushing total insured catastrophe losses through June 30 to $12.4 billion, up 24 percent from $10.0 in the first half of 2013, and up 21.6 percent from the 10-years average first-half total of $10.2 billion, according to ISO’s PCS unit.
Reserve Releases
Reserve releases are generally associated with new estimates of expected costs for claims occurring in past accident years. Overall inflation continues to be remarkably low, likely contributing to these lower estimates, although prices for some items that comprise claims payouts have been increasing at higher rates. For the first half of 2014, the industry reported releases of prior-year claims reserves totaling $7.9 billion, down slightly from $8.3 billion in the first half of last year.
Combined Ratio: Underwriting Profits Continue
The industry’s overall underwriting profit of $284 million on a combined ratio of 98.9 in the first half actually consisted of an underwriting loss of just over $2 billion in the second quarter and an underwriting gain just above $2.2 billion in the first quarter. In a long-term historical perspective, underwriting losses are the norm over the past several decades. Quarters with an underwriting profit have occurred only 21 times in the 114 calendar quarters—28 years plus two quarters—since ISO’s quarterly data began.
Premium Growth: Top Line Growth Continues
Also contributing to positive underwriting performance was continued premium growth, which decelerated slightly to 4.0 percent in the first half of 2014 from 4.3 percent in the first half of 2013.
There are two principal drivers of premium growth in the property/casualty insurance industry: exposure growth and rate activity. Exposure growth—basically an increase in the number and/or value of insurable interests (such as property and liability risks)—is being fueled primarily by economic growth and development. Although real (inflation-adjusted) GDP in the first quarter of 2014 actually declined at an annual rate of -2.1 percent (in part due to the effects of the harsh winter, drawing down of inventories, and other one-time factors), economic growth snapped back in the second quarter, with real GDP expanding at a robust 4.6 percent annual clip. Growth in key areas of the economy such as new vehicle sales, multi-unit residential construction, and consistent employment and payroll growth are clearly benefitting the P/C insurance industry. For the remainder of 2014 and into 2015, the consensus forecasts call for real GDP growth to hold steady at about 3 percent.
The other important determinant in industry growth is rate activity. Rates tend to be driven by trends in claims costs, conditions in the reinsurance market, marketing and distribution costs, and investments in technology, among other factors. Although it’s challenging to foresee the interplay of all of these and macroeconomic factors, it is certainly possible that overall industry growth in net written premiums could keep pace with overall economic growth in 2014.
Improving labor market conditions in 2014 will also affect top line growth in the P/C insurance industry. Job growth benefits the entire economy, of course, but the associated expansion of payrolls benefits workers compensation insurers in particular. The United States economy added 1.68 million nonfarm jobs in the first eight months of 2014; if that rate is sustained through the rest of the year, there will be over 2.5 million more workers than at the end of 2013. Combined with inflation-level increases in the hourly earnings of employees (as has been the case for the past few years), payrolls are expected to continue growing, resulting in billions of dollars in new premiums written being earned by workers compensation insurers in 2014. Indeed, workers compensation, hit hard during the recession by a soft market and a precipitous drop in payrolls, has within the span of just a few years transformed itself from the fastest contracting major property/casualty line to the fastest growing. Workers compensation is likely to remain the fastest growing major P/C line of insurance in 2014 if economic growth and hiring behave as projected.
Strong growth in the workers compensation line, continued growth in the residential construction sector, and strong new car sales are just a few of the reasons why moderate premium growth is likely to continue through 2014.
Investment Performance: Improvement but Interest Rates Remain Low
For the first half of 2014, net investment gains (which include net investment income plus realized capital gains and losses) rose by $3.0 billion (+11.0 percent) to $30.1 billion, compared to $27.1 billion in the first half of 2013. In measuring insurance company net investment gains, accounting rules recognize two components: (i) net investment income, and (ii) realized capital gains or losses. Unrealized capital gains or losses are not considered income and affect only surplus on the balance sheet.
Net Investment Income in 2014:1H
Net investment income itself has basically two elements—interest payments from bonds and dividends from stock. The industry’s net investment income for the first half of 2014 was $23.0 billion, compared to $23.3 billion in the first half of 2013 (down 1.4 percent). Most of this income comes from the industry’s bond investments, which are mainly high quality corporates and municipals. The drop in income mainly reflects the reinvestment of longer-term maturing bonds at lower prevailing interest rates than the previous investments paid.
Corporate bond market yields in the first half of 2014 were slightly higher than in the first half of 2013, but they were still low by historical standards. Moody’s AAA-rated seasoned bond index yields averaged 4.49 percent in January 2014, then slowly receded to 4.16 percent in May before recovering to 4.25 percent in June. In contrast, yields in January-May 2013 held mainly in the 3.7 percent to 3.9 percent range, then “spiked” to 4.3 percent in June 2013. (The spike was a response to the Federal Reserve Board indicating that it was preparing to “taper off” its program of buying long-maturity Treasury and agency bonds; tapering began at the end of 2013.) And although the U.S. economy is slowly improving, the Fed has reiterated that it intends to keep both short-term and longer-term interest rates low for a substantial time even after the bond-buying program ends later in 2014.
The bond market is still beset by the same forces that have held interest rates down since the Great Recession ended (officially, in June 2009): unused capacity (in both capital resources and higher-than-normal unemployment); cautious consumer and business spending, low near-term future expectations for the economy; and Federal Reserve actions to keep both short-term and longer-term interest rates low, all of which contributed to low inflation expectations (and thus, low nominal bond yields).
The other significant source of net investment income (besides bond yields) is stock dividends. Seasonally adjusted, net dividends in 2014:Q1 fell by 9.0 percent (compared with 2013:Q4) and in 2014:Q2 were basically unchanged from 2014:Q1 (specifically, -0.1 percent). Stock holdings in general represent roughly only about one-sixth of the industry’s invested assets.
Realized Capital Gains
Realized capital gains in 2014:1H were $7.2 billion. This is a relatively strong result, at least by recent historical standards. Realized capital gains in the first half of 2012 and 2013 were $1.7 billion and $3.9 billion, respectively.
Policyholders’ Surplus (Capital/Capacity): New Record High Demonstrates Industry Strength and Resilience
Policyholders’ surplus as of June 30, 2014 stood at $671.6 billion—a new record and up $58.1 billion (+9.5 percent) from the year-earlier quarter. Policyholders’ surplus has generally continued to increase in recent years as industry profits rose and as assets held in the industry’s investment portfolio increased in value in the wake of the financial crisis and “Great Recession.” It is worth noting that surplus increased despite very high catastrophe losses in 2011 and 2012. The fact that the industry was able to rapidly and fully recoup its losses to surplus even in the event of disasters like Sandy (which produced $18.8 billion in insured losses in 2012) is continued evidence of the P/C insurance industry’s remarkable resilience in the face of extreme adversity.
The bottom line is that the industry is, and will remain, extremely well capitalized and financially prepared to pay very large scale losses in 2014 and beyond. One commonly used measure of capital adequacy, the ratio of net premiums written to surplus, currently stands at 0.73, close to its strongest level in modern history.
The property/casualty insurance industry turned in a profitable performance in the first half of 2014. In addition, policyholders’ surplus reached a new all-time record high. Despite an unusually costly winter and a number of costly springtime catastrophes, rising non-cat losses, and persistently low interest rates, the industry posted another profitable quarter aided by capital gains and reserve releases. Premium growth, while still modest, is now experiencing its longest sustained period of gains in a decade.
Fundamentally, the P/C insurance industry remains quite strong financially, with capital adequacy ratios remaining high relative to long-term historical averages.
A detailed industry income statement for the first half of 2014 follows.

First Half 2014 Financial Results*

($ billions)
Net Earned Premiums$237.80
Incurred Losses (Including loss adjustment expenses)168.1
Policyholder Dividends0.9
Net Underwriting Gain (Loss)0.3
Investment Income23
Other Items0.7
Pre-Tax Operating Gain23.9
Realized Capital Gains (Losses)7.2
Pre-Tax Income31.1
Net After-Tax Income$26.00
Surplus (End of Period)$671.60
Combined Ratio98.9**
*Figures may not add to totals due to rounding. Calculations in text based on unrounded figures.
**Includes mortgage and financial guaranty insurers. Excluding these insurers the combined ratio was 99.0.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Study reveals 2/3 of Drivers Are Distracted on the Road

Plymouth Rock Assurance commits to the prevention of distracted driving, sets Guinness World Record for commitments to safety pledge
April 25, 2014

Nearly two-thirds of drivers engage in distractive driving behavior on a daily basis, reveals a new Plymouth Rock Assurance study.

The study, which consists of data surveys of 3,300 consumers, shows that texting and driving is one of the biggest distractive driving habit among drivers. More than half of respondents have witnessed another driver texting with at least one adult passenger in the car, and nearly 40% have witnessed a driver texting with at least one child in the car.

Despite the prevalence of distracted driving behavior, however, between 70 and 80% of respondents, depending on the situation, did nothing after witnessing another driver engage in a distracted driving behavior.

"As a company dedicated to keeping our drivers safe on the road, the results of this study are enough to keep us up at night," stated Gerry Wilson, President and CEO of Plymouth Rock in New Jersey. "However, hope is certainly not lost—the study also revealed that over the last year, the number of drivers polled in New Jersey who park safely before texting has doubled. To us, this trend means we are on the right track toward a cultural shift in driving behavior, not unlike the adoption of seat belts or awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. We know change is possible, and we intend on doing everything we can to continue to raise awareness about distracted driving," Wilson said.

Recognizing the need to make an impact in the fight against dangerous driving practices, the study’s findings further underscore Plymouth Rock’s push for distracted driving awareness through their campaign launched eight months ago.

The campaign recently reached a quantifiable milestone worthy of an official Guinness World Records title for the Most Pledges to a Safety Campaign. Since the campaign’s launch, tens of thousands of drivers have joined the fight through community events, social media, on-campus functions and other initiatives. More than 32,000 have signed Plymouth Rock’s Pledge Against Distracted Driving, which exceeds the world record requirement of 25,000 by a landslide.

"It's a significant milestone for Plymouth Rock to have set the Guinness World Records title, but the numbers from our most recent study don't lie; there's still a lot of work to be done," said Chris Olie, president and CEO of Plymouth Rock in New England. "We're grateful to everyone who pledged along with us to fight against distracted driving. Each one of those individuals made an important commitment to safe driving, and we plan to use that support and momentum to continue the fight and keep this important public safety initiative in the forefront."

Encouraging drivers to join the fight against distracted driving, and in lieu of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Plymouth Rock urges all drivers to sign the Pledge Against Distracted Driving. The Pledge is a commitment to refrain from cell phone usage and any other form of distracted driving, and always stay focus on the road.

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